These delectable vegan waffles go well with additional bananas and fruit spread, especially blueberry. They also look great adorned with fresh mango and herbs in the morning light. Nibbling on a bit of fresh mint following breakfast can be quite refreshing.
One noteworthy feature of these treats is that they utilize the oil already present in the almond meal and coconut milk.
A second noteworthy feature is that they don’t contain any highly processed sugar–all sweetness is provided by the bananas and blackstrap molasses.
A third noteworthy feature is that they’ll make your taste buds sing!
- 1¾ cups warm water
- ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1 cup brown rice flour
- ½ cup tapioca flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 ripe, medium banana
- 1½ cups canned coconut milk (see note)
- 2 tablespoons molasses (preferably blackstrap)
- Whisk the ground flaxseed into the warm water in a medium bowl, set aside, and allow to sit for 2 to 3 minutes.
- In the meantime, sift or whisk together the almond meal, rice flour, tapioca flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
- Mash the banana in a small bowl.
- Whisk the mashed banana, coconut milk, and molasses into the water and flaxseed mixture.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until well blended. The batter should be only slightly lumpy, with lumps smaller than peas.
- Preheat the waffle iron for 3 to 5 minutes while allowing the batter to stand.
- Stir the batter another 5 to 10 strokes, breaking up any clumps of rice flour that haven’t absorbed moisture.
- Spray both grids of the waffle iron generously with oil. This is important even with “no stick” irons, as waffles that are both vegan and gluten-free can have a higher tendency to stick.
- Pour or ladle the batter into the center of the iron, covering no more than two-thirds of the iron’s surface for the first waffle. Adjust the amount as needed for subsequent waffles.
- Bake each waffle for 3 to 5 minutes, or until it reaches the desired level of brownness and can be easily removed. Spray grids with additional oil prior to each waffle.